Sunday, August 22, 2010

A SUMMER FEAST

What a feast my friend Gina prepared for her friends on Friday evening!  We spent a lovely, convivial evening on her terrace by the sea and, after the feast, the women listened to the men discussing traditional jam-making methods!  Without further ado, I'll let you enjoy the food pictures:

There were antipasti of prawn salad, bresaola salad, anchovy salad [I can't touch the fish dishes because of an allergy but I'm sure they were delicious] and an elegant cold omelette filled with mayonnaise and ham:










Then there were sausages wrapped in pancetta, a baccalà [salt-cod] flan [ a recipe which Gina had invented and it did look good] and baked, stuffed onions:









There were contorni of beans, peppers and aubergines:







For dessert, Gina had made gel al limone,



Chiara and her mother, who always make perfect sponges, had created this one, filled with marmalade



and I took along semifreddo di limone, otherwise known as Jennifer Paterson's "Suffolk Lemon Pudding" from her book, Seasonal Receipts:



To go with the semifreddo, I had made Liz's pineapple shortbread, which was a great success with my Sicilian friends.  Thanks for the recipe , Liz.



E grazie per la bella cena, Gina.





14 comments:

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

Wow WL what a feast .. how amazing, wonderful way to spend time with friends!! :-)

Valleys Mam said...

salivating here ,it all looks so delicious

Saretta said...

Yum!!!

Liz said...

All looks wonderful. Glad you enjoyed the pineapple shortbread!

fullet said...

Lucky you! All these dishes look delicious. I like the word baccalà, it's almost the same as in Catalan, bacallà.

Betty (picture circa 1951) said...

WOW...everything looks wonderful! Makes me hungry just looking.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

It was a lovely occasion, Anne. As indeed it was, VM. Hi, Saretta. Hi, Liz. Thanks again for the recipe. That's interesting to know, fullet. And wonderful it was, Betty.

Ellee Seymour said...

Yes, that certainly is a feast. The women must be exhausted after preparing all this.
I'm off to sample the culinary delights of Wales today. And it's raining hard!

LindyLouMac said...

What a delicious looking spread.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Hi, Ellee. Say hello to rainy old WaleHi, LindyLouMac. It was fit for royalty.

Winchester whisperer said...

Fantastico!

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

It was, WW.

sally in norfolk said...

Think i just put on half a stone looking at this lovely food :-)

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Hi, Sally. It was all very tempting and I gave in gracefully!

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